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Top Trends in Teaching and Learning with E-Books


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Tech Tips Newsletter
ReBlogged: December 27, 2014
Editor: Karen Franker
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In this issue...

1. Top Trends in Teaching and Learning with E-Books
2. Tech Tip: Add Soundtracks to Your E-Books and How to Format eBooks in Microsoft Word 
3. Congratulations on the National Award
4. “Hot” Online Courses for Spring
Top Trends in Teaching and Learning with E-Books
Explore the latest resources and innovations to effectively select, create, and publish digital e-books to enhance learning.
Andrew Doty speculates on the power of interactive e-books. What happens when you take the “Choose Your Own Adventure” model of reader-guided storytelling and apply it to electronic book design for adults?
Sevhan Acar Hammudeh and Denise Mcqueen Ozdeniz describe the iPad apps and Websites which they have successfully used with students to create e-books including: Creative Book Builder, Scribble Press, and ePub Bud.
Karin Schreier Hallett describes the process she used with her fifth-graders in creating e-books with the BookCreator app on the iPad.
Digital Textbooks: Show Me the Future!
Victor Rovero provides a comprehensive list of links to 27 leading e-book publishers as well as a listing of the most popular e-reader devices.
In UW-Stout’s pilot e-textbook project with 1,500 students in 40 undergraduate and graduate courses students were positive about the following features of e-textbooks: searchability, customization by instructor, and portability.
Tech Tips:  Add Soundtracks to Your E-Books and How to Format eBooks in Microsoft Word
Dianna Dilworth explains how to use the new Booktrack http://www.booktrack.com/
app to add music and sound effects to e-books.

National Honor Awarded to Dr. Susan Manning
Congratulations to Dr. Manning, recipient of the 2013 Sloan-C Awards Excellence in Online Teaching.
Consistently students’ end-of-course evaluations praise Dr. Manning’s exemplary module instructional design, effective video tutorials and web-based help sheets, highly interactive learning environment, engagement of learners in critical thinking activities, and personalized audio feedback on assignments.

Student feedback indicates a very high satisfaction with how content and materials are chunked, and how the learning experiences are designed conceptually and aesthetically to provide an engaging learning experience.
Dr. Manning’s new course employs interactive games and simulations to model use of games for assessment, to support collaboration, problem solving, and decision making and to increase motivation and engagement during training activities and in the classroom.

Manning demonstrates how a digital badge is an iconic representation of a skill, achievement, or activity, and can be one method to superimposing game structures to the learning process.
Dr. Manning teaches four online courses at UW-Stout.

 
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